Volunteers defied the gloomy skies to bring a bit of spring cheer to Fairburn Ings nature reserve.
On Saturday families helped to plant 2,000 new plants in the shape of giant hand at the RSBP beauty spot.
It was part of Yorkshire Water’s Hands Up initiative which saw employees work alongside the community to help improve biodiversity and habitat creation.
Chris Woolner, RSPB visitor experience manager for the Aire Valley, said: “We always really enjoy working with Yorkshire Water.
“Over the past year, their staff have come along to the reserve to help with a wide variety of activities – from shrub clearing to planting.
“This event was a great opportunity for the local community to get involved and help us provide a home for wildlife on our nature reserve, as the flowers planted in the ‘big hand’ are wonderful at attracting all kinds of insects.”
Native species including meadow cranesbill and common heather were planted to help attract bumbleblees, butterflies and moths which in turn provide a food source for birds and bats.
Later in the year, seeds from the flowers will provide food for other species such as wood mice and birds.
Anne Reed of Yorkshire Water said: “As one of the region’s biggest employers, we recognise that we’re in a great position to make a huge difference to the environments we operate in and the communities we serve.
“This initiative is part of our mission to help protect our water resources and enhance the water environment in our region for present and future generations.”
For more information visit www.rspb.org.uk/reserves/guide/f/fairburnings/